nep·o·tism


[nep-uh-tiz-uhm]
–noun patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics. In the entertainment industry, this is known as Hollywood NepotismTM. Talent not required.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Kate Beckinsale's Daughter Nabs Movie Role

Future nepotism alert! British bombshell Kate Beckinsale is getting her daughter in on the acting action. 8-year-old Lily Mo Sheen will play the younger version of her mother's character in the 2009 film entitled Everybody's Fine, which also stars Robert DeNiro. To see our posting on the Beckinsales, click here.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Joaquin Phoenix Says "Goodbye" to Acting

Apparently, he took his role as legendary country crooner Johnny Cash in Walk the Line pretty seriously. The 34-year-old actor has announced that he is officially giving up movies to become a musician. Let's just hope he doesn't follow the pattern of other actors who have attempted the same...Jared Leto, are you listening? To see our posting on Joaquin Phoenix, click here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Senator Caroline Kennedy?

Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of JFK and Jackie O, has her sights set on Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be vacant Senate seat. Hillary has recently been officially tapped as the next Secretary of State by President-elect Barack Obama. The decision will ultimately be made by New York Governor David Paterson. Clinton's successor will have to run in 2010 to fill the last two years of her term, and then run for a full term in 2012. For more on the Kennedys, click here.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Culkin Family Tragedy

Sad news for the Culkin clan. 29-year-old Dakota Culkin, sister of actors Macaulay and Kieran Culkin and daughter of actor Kit Culkin, was tragically killed on December 10 in Los Angeles after stepping off of a curb and being struck by a car. Click here for more on the Culkins.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Britney's Back!

Former (and poised for a comeback) “Princess of Pop” Britney Spears opened up about her breakups and breakdowns Sunday on MTV. The hour-long special, titled "Britney Spears: For the Record" aired hot on the heels of Circus, her new album, which is slated for release tomorrow, December 2, 2008. The revealing documentary chronicled the recent updates in Britney’s life, including a behind-the-scenes look at living life with her father, Jamie, managing all of her affairs (both personal and professional). To see our posting on the Spears family, click here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ashlee Simpson's Bundle of Joy!


Future nepotism alert! Last week in Los Angeles, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, singer and little sis to Jessica Simpson, gave birth to her first child with her husband Pete Wentz. The couple gave their bouncing baby boy the oh-so-practical name "Bronx Mowgli." To see our posting on the Simpson siblings, click here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Natalie Cole Suffers a Setback

Songstress Natalie Cole is currently on a brief hiatus from the promotional tour for her new album, Still Unforgettable, which was released this past September. Due to side effects associated with hepatitis C treatment, the eight-time Grammy Award winner and daughter of legendary crooner Nat King Cole is taking time to recuperate at her Los Angeles home. Cole publicly announced her hepatitis C diagnosis on July 16, 2008. Click here to see our posting on the Cole family.

Friday, November 14, 2008

This Weekend: Saturday Nepotism Live!


Tomorrow night, Saturday Night Live will experience its second dose of Hollywood nepotism. Back in 1979, Peter Aykroyd, younger brother to original cast member Dan Aykroyd, joined the SNL cast for one season. This weekend, Abby Elliott, daughter of former SNL cast member Chris Elliott (There's Something About Mary), will make her debut as a featured player. Chris, who performed on the show during the 1994-95 season, is the son of actor Bob Elliott, a member of the comic duo "Bob & Ray," who were most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Bob Elliott played his son's father on the short-lived Fox sitcom Get a Life! (1990-92). To see our posting on the Elliott family and a photo of Bob & Ray, click here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Destiny's Children

The Knowles sisters have delved further into the world of style with the recent launch of a handbag collection designed by the duo for a Japanese-based line, Samantha Thavasa. “Bootylicious” belter Beyoncé and her “Sandcastle Disco” singin’ little sis Solange (their parents obviously support the whole crazy baby name trend) first fell into fashion in 2006, when they launched the line House of Deréon with their mother, Tina Knowles. Solange, who got her start as a backup singer for Beyoncé’s group Destiny’s Child (which was managed by their father, Matthew Knowles), is also currently promoting her sophomore album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams. Her big sister, Beyoncé, is promoting her single “If I Were a Boy,” a track from the soon-to-be-released I Am… Sasha Fierce album, slated to drop this month. To see our posting on the Knowles family, click here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Times Sure Go By Fast




Hard to believe it's been 26 years since the hit teen comedy Fast Times at Ridgement High launched the careers of nepotistic actors like Sean Penn, son of director Leo Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, daughter of actor Vic Morrow, Phoebe Cates, daughter of producer Joseph Cates, and Robert Romanus, brother of veteran character actor Richard Romanus. Smaller roles were played by Nicolas Cage, nephew of famed director Frances Ford Coppola and Pamela Springsteen, sister of Bruce Springsteen. Pamela went on to star in the straight-to-video teen slasher films Sleepaway Camp II & III along with Renee Estevez, daughter of Martin Sheen and sister of Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Fast Times is also notable for several big screen debuts. It was the first feature film written by Cameron Crowe, best known for Almost Famous (2000), which starred Goldie Hawn's daughter Kate Hudson. It was the big screen acting debut of Forest Whitaker, who didn't benefit from nepotism himself, but whose two younger brothers, Kenn and Damon, used his fame to gain a smattering of small roles in various projects. And while it has nothing to do with nepotism, Fast Times was also the big screen acting debut of Lana Clarkson, the b-movie actress who was shot dead in Phil Spector's home on February 3, 2003. Spector's first trial for her murder ended in a hung jury--his retrial is now in progress.

The special edition DVD of Fast Times at Ridgemont High is now available on Amazon.com.

Monday, September 15, 2008

sTori Telling


With her famous father Aaron gone to that great rerun in the sky, Tori Spelling has found few acting roles coming her way. In the old days, celebrities in her situation would have wound up in one-off episodes of her father's shows like Love Boat or Fantasy Island. But today, of course, we have reality television. Tori and husband Dean McDermott can be seen whining and dining on Oxygen's Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. The show is apparently a hit, and the couple serve as there own executive producers. Meanwhile, Tori's tell-all book, Stori Telling, is #1 on the New York Times best seller list, and she's scheduled to begin penning a new book entitled Mommywood. Let's all join in wishing Tori continued success in activities that don't involve acting. To see our posting on Tori, click here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Crocodile Hunter’s Daughter Turns Ten. . .And Bags Her First Emmy

Bindi Irwin, daughter of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, starred with her famous father on her TV show, Bindi, The Jungle Girl. Following her father's tragic death from a stingray attack in 2006, seven-year-old Bindi carried forward on her own. Now, two years later, she has proven her talents by winning the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series. Not bad for a girl who just turned 10 this week. The base of operations for the Crocodile Hunter, and now for his daughter, is the Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia, owned and operated by the Irwin family. To see our listing on Bindi, click here. To find how you can visit the Australia Zoo, visit our sister site, OnThisVerySpot.com.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Eli Stone Meets James Bond

Actor Jonny Lee Miller has found success playing the lead role in the new hit drama Eli Stone. Perhaps this acclaim is long overdue following a series of roles since the late 1980s that have included supporting parts in cult classics such as Trainspotting and Hackers. In addition to his acting and his partnership in a production company with Ewan McGregor and Jude Law, Miller is an ex-husband of Angelina Jolie. Of course, Miller has family roots in showbiz--his grandfather Bernard Lee played “M” in the early James Bond movies. To see our posting on Jonny Lee Miller, click here.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Susan Sarandon’s Daughter Now in Theaters


Eva Amurri, seen on right in current movie release The Life Before Her Eyes, is the daughter of actress Susan Sarandon and director Franco Amurri. Eva’s previous roles were mainly in projects in which her mother appeared, including the movies Bob Roberts and The Banger Sisters, as well as an episode of TV’s Friends. But her showbiz connections don’t end there. Her grandfather, Antonio Amurri, and her aunt, Valentina Amurri, were both writers for television. To read our posting on Eva, click here.



Thursday, June 5, 2008

Daughter of Nepotism


Billary Clinton Concedes!

As of Tuesday June 3, Hillary has decided to end her candidacy. Is the plan to join forces with Obama as a running mate? Her decision to acquiese surprised the Clinton fan club. What if Obama does select Hillary? Can you say DAISY CHAIN! Now THAT would be a reality show I'd be all over. Goodbye Survivor Micronesia....Hello Survivor White House!!!! At this point Obama can let it all hang out. With both birds in the bush, he can kick back in his La-Z-Boy and take notes while McCain spins his wheels. To read our posting on Hillary, click here.

Cracking Up



Tatum O'Neal BUSTED for coke-n-crack YET "saved by the bell"!!!!
Daughter of famed actor Ryan O'Neal, divorced from John McEnroe, Academy Award winning child star, rehab-grad, published writer, and Britney Spears unsolicited advice giver (she thinks Britney really needs to be in the 'hab' and get into recovery) Tatum O'Neal is at it again folks. O'Neal was busted in NYC on June 1st, 2008 for having not one but TWO bags of blow in her pocket. She spent the night in the slammer and had a few things to say about her recent coke and crack investment. For one, O'Neal has been pretty upset about her dog's demise, so she thought crack would help her out with the grieving process. On the other hand, the hand that was not holding the crack pipe, she said it was merely research for a role as a junkie she is playing. Then there was the praise she offered the cops because they saved her from a would-be relapse and she stated that she is still sober. Do us a favor, pick one story and stick with it Tatum. We do hope you are still clean and we want you to know, if there is a lesson to be learned: maybe less research is best. To read our post on Tatam O'Neal, click here.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Political Nepotism

New York Senator and 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is, of course, the wife of former president Bill Clinton. The two met while at Yale Law School (left), where Hillary became a partner in Bill's dream of someday becoming president (and perhaps her own dream of becoming president, as well). The couple married in 1975, with Hillary keeping her maiden name. Bill became governor of Arkansas in 1978, then lost re-election. When he ran again in 1982, Hillary began using her husband's last name as a way of softening her image among traditional-minded Arkansans. However, tax records show that her full legal name was still Hillary Rodham even as Bill ran for president in 1992. Following Bill's two terms as president, the couple took an idea from Bobby Kennedy's playbook and settled in heavily Democratic New York as a way of enhancing Hillary's chances of being elected to the U.S. Senate. Will Hillary fulfill her dream of becoming the first female president? Will the Clinton's become the first couple to have both partners elected president? Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Nepotism + Acting = Designer?

Rashida Jones, daughter of musician/producer Quincy Jones and MOD Squad actress Peggy Lipton, is adding designer to her resume. Rashida's small role in The Office has now led to a starring role in Fox's Unhitched. Meanwhile, the actress and a partner, Angela Wilcox, are launching a line of organic cotton clothing. The clothing line, named Laloo, features swingy tanks, dresses, and layerable tees. A woven cotton tank dress will cost you $185, which is entirely too expensive for those of us without famous daddies.

Click here to see our entry on Rashida Jones.

And click here to see the article.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Nepotism and Lawsuits

Francis Ford Coppola's nepotistic nephew, Nicolas Cage, is suing Kathleen Turner over allegations made in her autobiography about his behavior on the film set of When Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). Turner alleges that Cage acted out to displace the sentiment that he got the role purely out of nepotism. Among the allegations, Turner states that:

"He caused so many problems. He was arrested twice for drunk-driving and, I think, once for stealing a dog. He'd come across a chihuahua he liked and stuck it in his jacket."

"On the last night of filming, he came into my trailer after he'd clearly been drinking heavily. He fell on his knees and asked if I could ever forgive him. I said, "Not right now. I have a scene to shoot. Excuse me," and just walked out."

"Nicolas didn't manage to kill the film, but he didn't add a lot to it, either. For years, whenever I saw him, he'd apologise for his behaviour. I'd say: "Look, I'm way over it." But I haven't pursued the idea of working with him again."

To see our entry on Cage, click here.

 
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